How to Turn on Closed Captioning on DirecTV

by John Michael Hampton ; Updated September 22, 2017

Instead of traditional closed captioning, DirecTV has a feature called Subtitles. With this feature, according to the DirecTV website, "You get the same text as standard closed captioning, but it's now easier to read and more visually appealing." DirecTV advocates this feature not just for the hearing impaired, but also in noisy areas and in situations where it is desirable to have the audio turned down on the television.

How to Activate Subtitles (Closed Captioning) on DirecTV

Find a channel that is broadcasting a television program at the time.

Find and press the yellow button on the remote control.

Highlight and select the option for subtitles.


  • According to the DirecTV website, this feature will work for receivers H21, H23, HR20, HR21, HR23 and R22.

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John Hampton is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a BA in Communication Arts. John's work has appeared in local and national publications, including FAMILY FUN, COUNTRY DISCOVERIES, and CHURCH OF GOD EVANGEL. I have been writing for ovrer ten years.

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